flab·​by | \ ˈfla-bē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \
flabbier; flabbiest

Definition of flabby

1 : lacking resilience or firmness : flaccid
2 : weak and ineffective : feeble

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flabbily \ ˈfla-​bə-​lē How to pronounce flabbily (audio) \ adverb
flabbiness \ ˈfla-​bē-​nəs How to pronounce flabbiness (audio) \ noun

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Examples of flabby in a Sentence

his daughter playfully poked at his flabby belly
Recent Examples on the Web But that flabby and inert expression is not just a stylistic problem. David Roth, The New Republic, "America’s Diseased Politics," 24 Mar. 2020 In that sense, this Netflix presentation falls victim to what's increasingly an issue with entries within the true-crime genre: Finding a gripping story, then telling it in a disjointed, flabby way. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez' examines how the system failed a murdered boy," 26 Feb. 2020 For the even slightly flabby, a leather shirt accentuates imperfections. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Can I Wear a Leather Shirt Without Looking Smarmy?," 29 Jan. 2020 He was disregarded as a potential champion then, mocked for his flabby frame even though his fast hands and skills pointed to a boxer with talent. Steve Douglas, The Denver Post, "New dawn for boxing as Andy Ruiz Jr., Anthony Joshua set for Saudi Arabia rematch," 5 Dec. 2019 Plastic surgeons have developed lucrative businesses in Florida that cater to the aging, the wrinkled, the flabby and the obsessive. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Floridians are obsessed with fat-sucking surgeries, but nose jobs? Not so much," 13 Nov. 2019 But the story there is frustratingly coy, the scenes flabby with excess time, air and heft. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Goldfinch’ review: Floundering adaptation should be a slam dunk, but its central mystery is something to be endured, rather than solved," 12 Sep. 2019 The Mets have benefited also from playing in a league that looks pretty flabby behind the elite teams like the Dodgers, Braves and Cubs. New York Times, "An Amazin’ Month for the Mets," 12 Aug. 2019 At the other end is the caricature, butt of flabby jokes, trussed in Las Vegas gaud, voice prostituted to a huge orchestra. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: All Shook Up," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of flabby

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flabby

alteration of flappy

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The first known use of flabby was in 1694

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20 Apr 2020

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“Flabby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flabby. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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flab·​by | \ ˈfla-bē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \
flabbier; flabbiest

Kids Definition of flabby

: not hard and firm flabby arms

Other Words from flabby

flabbiness noun


flab·​by | \ ˈflab-ē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \
flabbier; flabbiest

Medical Definition of flabby

: lacking resilience or firmness : flaccid

Other Words from flabby

flabbiness \ ˈflab-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce flabbiness (audio) \ noun

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